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The Conversation: 2020 Hawaii Primary Election Recap

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Big turnout and a few surprises in the primary election; Self care for physicians at Queen's Medical Center; State has a reopening and reclosing plan, but isn't following it; Job opportunities on Maui

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Big turnout and a few surprises in the primary election

The general election is set for the first Tuesday of Novemeber - 12 weeks from tomorrow. Over the weekend, Hawaii's primary election saw big numbers turnout, and a few surprises. Former Honolulu Advertiser political editor Jerry Burris discusses the big takeaways from the first all-mail in voting contest.

Political analyst Jerry Burris

Self care for physicians at Queen's Medical Center

Hawaii's medical community is bracing for a surge in hospitalizations for cases of COVID-19. This week we are looking to see how hospitals are helping their staff cope. When you think of rounds in a hospital setting,k you may think of a doctor checking in on the patient. Well, Queen's Medical Center has adopted something called "Schwartz Rounds." It's about self-care, a kind of psychological first air. Lara Hazenfield and Dr. Della Lin explain how they've been reaching out to caregivers in the Queen's Health Systems.

Lara Hazenfield and Dr. Della Lin, Queen's Health Systems

State has a reopening and reclosing plan but isn't following it

In May, the state officials rolled out a grand plan for reopening the economy, including a color-coded matrix that would be used to guide the reopening. But as COVID-19 cases rise, especially on Oahu, new restrictions have been reinstated. Civil Beat Reporter Stewart Yerton tells us about the absence of data and metrics explaining how the policies were devised. Click here to read the story at

Civil Beat Reporter Stewart Yerton
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Job opportunities on Maui

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent unemployment rates to levels unmatched in modern history. While those filing for unemployment are high across the state, Maui County has been especially hit hard because of its concentration of hospitality jobs. However, there are jobs available, and they can be found at the Maui County Virtual Job Fair. Linda Puppolo, executive director of Maui County's Workforce Development Board, tells us about the site's creation and resources available for job seekers. Click here to visit the virtual job fair.

Linda Puppolo, executive director, County of Maui Workforce Development Board

Bill Dorman has been the news director of Hawai‘i Public Radio since February 2011. Born in New York City, he spent 21 years at CNN in various positions behind the scenes and on the air in Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, and Tokyo, Japan. He was also managing editor of Asia Pacific Broadcast for Bloomberg News for five years before moving to Hawai‘i in 2009. He’s covered stories from more than twenty countries and territories.
Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Jason Ubay is HPR's news editor. Send your story ideas to him at
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